I'm thinking about investing in stocks, but I'm worried about losing my investments for reasons unrelated to changes in the market.
I know that brokerage accounts are not FDIC-insured.
- What if a hacker logs in as me, sells my assets and moves the money somewhere?
- What if the brokerage steals from my account?
- What if the brokerage loses assets from my account unintentionally, due to software bugs?
What protections are there in place and should I trust them?